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PointDrive turns email attachments into polished presentations

If you routinely receive emails loaded with attachments you know what a pain it is to open and review them all separately. Now there’s a better way to share content with prospects, customers or other business contacts: by emailing your audience a link to a beautiful online presentation.

PointDrive is a new Web app that lets you bring together documents, images, links, videos and maps in one place, resulting in a streamlined presentation that a recipient can peruse in a glance, comment on, and share with others. While this may sound like a lot more work than attaching files to an email, the presentation creation process in PointDrive is remarkably simple.

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PointDrive streamlines your email content into an easy-to-absorb presentation.

Unlike the many Web apps that let you register using Facebook or Google credentials, PointDrive lets you use LinkedIn. Doing so pulls in your data from the professional network and populates a presentation with things like your company information, title, and contact details.

You can upload files from your computer or Dropbox, link to any URL, include video from YouTube or Vimeo, and type in an address to include a Google Map. And for every entry or asset you include in the presentation PointDrive shows you a preview of the content and lets you include commentary alongside it.

PointDrive also alerts you when a recipient views your presentation, drills deeper into an entry within it, or shares the content. If they don’t do anything after 72 hours, you’ll get an email asking if you want to follow up. The Web app employs a clean design, lets you apply a banner image at the top of your presentation, and is optimized for mobile so your presentation loses none of its luster on smartphones and tablets.

PointDrive is free to use for the rest of the year, although on Jan. 1 the Chicago-based company will introduce a paywall for its professional version of the product which will run about $10 a month or $99 a year. A free version also will be available.

According to PointDrive director of marketing Tim Swindle, a future iteration of PointDrive will let users upload files from Box and Google Drive. The paid version will also include deeper analytics and other improvements yet to be announced. “Our hope is that over the next two months we have so many features that we’re still going to be building out that it’s going to look like a completely different product,” he says.

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